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Babies Toddlers

Checklist: What’s in Your Diaper Bag

What’s in your diaper bag? What are the absolute essentials that you shouldn’t leave home without when bringing your little one out? Read on to find out more! We’ve made two lists, one for infants and another for toddlers!

 

Infants need about 6 to 8 pieces of diapers for a full day out.

 

Things to pack in your diaper bag – for infants

 

  • Diapers
    If your baby is a newborn or if you are still unable to tell how often baby poops, bring more diapers in case of emergency! Pack in about 6 to 8 pieces just in case you are caught in situations where baby poops in the new diaper right after being changed. Always pack in extra diapers as an emergency stash too.

 

 

  • Barrier cream/Diaper rash cream
    Infants have sensitive skin and if your baby is on disposable diapers, diaper rash cream should be used to protect your baby from diaper rash. Gently apply a thin layer over clean skin before putting on a new diaper for your baby.

 

 

  • Spare set of clothes for baby and parent
    In the early months, infants tend to throw up or soil their clothes often. Worse, you might be greeted with a poo-nami – an explosively runny poop that leaks and soils everything it comes into contact with. Be sure to pack an additional set of clothes for your little one. If there’s space, pack in a set of clothes for yourself as you never know when your baby may do a poo-nami!

 

 

  • Diaper Changing Pad
    Diaper changing stations may not be sanitised frequently enough, so bring along your personal diaper changing pad to place your infant on top of.

 

 

  • Milk bottle expressed breast milk or formula milk
    On average, infants drink about 60ml to 90ml of breastmilk or formula every 3 to 4 hours.

    If your baby is on the bottle, you’ll need to pack in one or two milk bottles and milk. A handy tip for formula feeding is to store lukewarm water in the bottle so you’ll only need to add powder before feeding.

 

 

  • Teether
    Babies often become irritable when their teeth start to cut through. Having a teether allows them to soothe their sore gums. Alternatively, you can wear a teething necklace so you won’t need to rummage for it in your bag!

 

 

  • Wet wipes and Tissue
    Wet wipes are useful for cleaning up dirty bottoms, wiping down tables, high chairs and shopping carts.

 

 

  • Muslin cloth

A muslin cloth serves multiple purposes – it can be used as a swaddle, a blanket, stroller cover, nursing cover or rolled up to become a little bolster for your baby. It’s light and breathable too!

 

What should you bring out when you have a toddler?

 

          Things to pack in your diaper bag – for toddlers

 

  • Diapers
    For toddlers, pack about 4 to 6 pieces each time you head out of the house as they do not need to be changed as frequently as newborns.

 

 

  • Spare set of clothes
    Pack a spare set of clothes as toddlers tend to run around and perspire a lot. They’re also prone to spilling food and drinks, so extra clothes would be ideal.

 

 

  • Water bottle
    A water bottle to keep your toddler hydrated.

 

 

  • Milk bottle expressed breast milk or formula milk

Beyond a year old, toddlers can consumer other types of milk. Bring along your toddler’s formula milk, milk bottle, lukewarm water if your child is on formula milk. Some parents bring along UHT packet kinds of milk. For breastfed toddlers, parents may nurse in public or bring along expressed breastmilk too.

 

 

  • Snacks
    Tidbits have proven useful in stopping would-be tantrums or to feed them between meals. Make it a point to pack in healthier snacks such as rice puffs with no artificial flavouring, fruits, or simply make some delicious and healthy meat patties!

 

 

  • Toy or book
    It is a challenge keeping a toddler entertained when commuting or when waiting for food at a dining place. Pack in a small toy or colourful book. Try water wow books, where your toddler can paint using a brush filled with water. There’s no mess and toddlers enjoy seeing the pictures brighten up with colour.

 

 

  • Bib
    Bibs come in handy during mealtimes to keep your toddler’s clothes clean and neat. Pack in a bib with a food catcher at the bottom to make clean up easier when you’re outside.

 

 

  • Socks

Socks are not absolute essentials, but most if not all indoor playgrounds for children require that the child has socks on. Ensure that you have a pair of socks stashed somewhere in your diaper bag so you don’t end up paying for a new pair.

 

 

We hope these two lists will make it easier for you to prepare for outings with your little one! Let us know what is one item which you never leave home without!

 

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Pregnant

Old Wives’ Tales and Gender Predictions: True or False?

In a time where there were no ultrasounds, how did women find out the gender of their unborn babies? There was no sure way to confirm, but they used the following old wives’ tales passed down the generations to predict gender. Some may sound ludicrous and some sound like fallacies, but many modern-day parents are also trying out these gender predictions too.

Fast forward to today, although we have ultrasounds and chromosome tests which reveal the gender, some of the following old wives’ tales still exist.

 

Craving sweet foods means you’re pregnant with a girl, or so the old folks say.

 

  1. It’s a girl if you crave sweet foods and a boy if you crave savoury foods

 

Apparently, female foetuses make their mothers crave cakes, cookies and chocolate and male foetuses, pizza, pasta and potato chips. I have a boy and a girl but never said no to ice cream or pizza during both pregnancies.

 

In actual fact, cravings are related to dietary deficiencies such as iron or calcium which the body has to replenish. Cravings are a result of a heightened sense of smell due to increased blood flow to the nose during pregnancy.

 

  1. Dewy and glowy? It’s a boy. Dull and spotty? It’s a girl.

 

Another popular saying is that female foetuses draw their beauty from their mothers, resulting in skin breakouts and a complexion worse than before, while male foetuses add glow.

 

Pregnancy takes a major toll on your body and your hormonal levels go out of sync, causing your skin to break out.

 

It is said that the gender of your next child will be the gender that your current child resembles.

 

  1. The gender of your next child will be what your current child resembles

 

This doesn’t apply to first-time moms. When I found out that I was expecting No. 2, the elderly women in my neighbourhood were adamant that it would be a boy (they were right!) because my elder daughter resembled a boy when she was younger, with short hair and boyish mannerisms.

 

  1. Sharp and pointy or round and wide?

 

The shape of your baby bump is used to predict gender as well. It is said that a pointed and sharp baby bump means that it’s a baby boy and that around and wide bump hides a baby girl. This could be coincidental, but it turned out to be true for my case.

 

  1. The Ring Test

 

This method apparently lists out the number of children and their gender in order and has lots of women vouching for its reliability. Dangle your wedding ring above your tummy using a strand of hair or a string – if it swings from side to side, it’s a boy. If it swings in a circular motion, it’s a girl.

 

Which gender will it be? Are others excited to predict your baby’s gender too?

 

  1. Current child’s hair swirl

 

This is another one for second or mums with multiple kids. If the swirl at the back of your latest child’s head swirls clockwise, it’s a girl. If it swirls anti-clockwise, it’s a boy. Nothing has said about children who have more than one swirl on their heads…

 

Take everything above with the pinch of salt as every pregnancy comes with different symptoms and such old wives’ tales cannot replace the accuracy of an ultrasound scan. After all, boy or girl, doesn’t really matter because, at the end of the day, a healthy and happy baby is most important, don’t you think?

 

Leave us a comment to tell us what you’ve heard about gender predictions!

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Health & Nutrition Toddlers

A Handy List of Healthy Snacks to Pack in Your Diaper Bag

Your active little tot is full of energy, and that means he or she may need some snacks in between milk feeds and meals to keep up. Snacks are small, light bites for little tummies and, are handy to have around to divert meltdowns and tantrums. Snacks seem to have a bad rep for being loaded with sugar – did you know that there are healthy snack options that are packed with nutrition? This handy list will give you some ideas on healthy snacks to pack along when your little one is out and about with you!

 

  1. Fruit

 

Fruit make easy snacks which require minimal preparation. Berries are great because cutting is not required and are bite-sized, perfect for kids! Put some berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries) or grapes into a container and inside a cooler bag to maintain freshness. Berries are juicy, seedless, low in calories and packed with phytochemicals which protect cells from damage.

 

For larger fruit like apples and pears, your child can munch on them as it is, or simply slice them into wedges. Apples tend to oxidise when cut up, so you may like to squeeze some lemon juice over to keep them turning brown and drying up quickly. Include a variety of two to three types of fruit if possible.

 

Include a variety of berries as they are loaded with vitamins and minerals for your growing child!

 

  1. Rice Biscuits

 

Rice biscuits for children are oblong and flavoured. Choose brands which do not add artificial flavouring and colouring. Rice biscuits double up as teething biscuits to relieve itchy gums and make good snacks as they don’t crumble into pieces but melt only in the mouth.

 

Rice is made up of 90% carbohydrate, 8% protein and 2% fat, which makes it a source of energy for active young children as they expend more energy.

 

  1. Sandwiches

 

Sandwiches can be filled with anything your child likes, from peanut butter to jam or ham and cheese. You can sneak in vegetables in between too! It may get a bit messy, so cut them into bite-sized pieces for easy handling. Toast them or leave it soft and fluffy. You can also use sandwich cutters to create cute shapes to appeal to children.

 

Homemade sandwiches make healthy snacks and are easy to prepare too.

 

  1. Cucumber slices or carrot sticks

 

Inculcating a healthy diet from young reduces the risk of childhood obesity. Cucumber slices are refreshing and contain many important nutrients and vitamins. Made of 96% water, cucumbers have a high water content which promotes hydration.

 

Carrots are particularly high in beta-carotene, fibre, Vitamin K and potassium and can be eaten chilled or warm. They are naturally sweet, and hold them shape well, which makes it great for Baby Led Weaning too!

 

Cucumber and carrot sticks may be served with a dipping sauce. Try blending yoghurt with avocado and lime juice and chill it to make a yummy, creamy dip.

 

Cucumbers make a cool snack – simply slice, wedge or dice them up for your kids!

 

  1. Banana Pancakes

 

Only two ingredients are needed for this super easy, kid-friendly recipe – Banana and Eggs. Mash up a ripe banana into chunks and beat an egg in. Use a tablespoon pour the batter over a heated oiled pan and make bite sized pancakes!

 

No sugar is needed as bananas contain natural sugars.

 

  1. String cheese

 

String cheese can be bought off the shelf in supermarkets and require no preparation. High in calcium and protein yet low in calories. Chewy, stringy and firm, it is a popular snack amongst toddlers.

 

There are certain brands which cater to children and contain less sodium and saturated fat than usual. However, a string cheese is ultimately a processed food, do exercise moderation when feeding it to your children.

 

What is your go-to snack for children which is healthy yet easy to prepare? Let us know in the comments!

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Family Fun Toddlers

5 Ways to Spend National Day with Your Children

9 August marks National Day, a day when we commemorate Singapore’s independence as a sovereign nation. Here are a few activities you can do with your child on this special day!

 

You can use this time to teach them the reason why people display Singapore flags during National Day.

 

  1. Catch the fireworks without squeezing with the crowd

Braving through a sticky, sweaty crowd is not exactly the smartest thing to do when you have little children. The hotspots that fill up early include the Merlion Park, Esplanade and waterfront at Marina Bay Sands.

 

If you’re not planning to secure a hotel room with a prime spot overlooking the floating platform, there are places with high vantage points which provide a full view of the fireworks.

HDB buildings like Blk 79B at Toa Payoh Central, Skyville @ Dawson, Pinnacle @ Duxton and McNair Gardens have sky gardens on the upper floors for you and your family to experience the full sights and sounds of the fireworks display. Go equipped with battery-operated fans, drinks and a tablet to watch the parade live and immerse in the celebratory mood.

 

 

Singapore’s beautiful skyline looks stunning at night – soak in the beauty with your children during the national day weekend.

 

  1. Attend themed celebrations

Pororo Park Singapore and Kidzland are but two of the local indoor playgrounds for children which have special programmes lined up for National Day 2018.

Activities are curated for children to learn more about Singapore’s history and culture and have fun while doing so. Preschools, primary schools and secondary schools typically have National Day Celebrations prior to National Day as well.

 

  1. Explore the lesser known parts of Singapore

There is much more to Singapore than Marina Bay Sands, Chinatown and Little India. Little Guilin lake is a nature park located in Bukit Gombak created from a natural granite quarry which provides serenity amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you’re up for some exercise, take a treetop walk with your children. There are several trails along MacRitchie Reservoir from which you can start your hike. Come prepared with a trusty pair of running shoes, large water bottle and a towel to wipe off perspiration. Don’t forget that bottle of insect repellent to fend off pesky mosquitoes! There is much greenery and local fauna to observe.

 

It’s an apt time to teach your children more about Singapore’s history and culture.

 

  1. Explore Kranji Countryside

Kranji Countryside boasts a host of local farms. There’s a goat farm where you can watch goats being milked and purchase goat’s milk, frog farm, ornamental fish farms and vegetable farms. Patronise local businesses to support our local economy and reduce carbon footprint.

It will be more convenient to drive in to explore this side of the country as it is quite a walk from the nearest bus stop.

 

  1. Learn about what makes Singapore

Singapore is home to many different cultures from all over the world. Other than Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India, consider exploring expat hangouts where other nationalities gather.

 

You will be able to find restaurants and stores catered for Koreans in Tanjong Pagar, Filipinos in Lucky Plaza, Japanese in Liang Court and the Caucasians in Dempsey where you can experience dishes and products unique to each community.

With so many ways to celebrate National Day apart of catching the parade LIVE on television, how will you be spending it with your children? Let us know in the comments!